mithila painting

Mithila Painting

I guess my daughter’s Fine Arts skills are rubbing on to me! Every day she has something new to show. Looking at her enthusiasm, after ages I dug into my art stash and did something worthwhile…its not complete yet but I am getting there.

It all started with helping out my daughter  and  a chance workshop with Smt. Shanti Devi a while ago. Let me introduce Smt. Shanti Devi – a renowned ‘madhubani’ artist, painter, crafter who specializes in Mithila painting (also known as Madhubani paintings). Learning the art form under her tutelage was a great experience… the techniques, the details, the nuances and the PATIENCE … just the push I needed to set the ball rolling and to kick alive the dormant creative cravings!

The vibrancy of colours in her paintings is indescribable.  And her tenacity towards her work is so infectious that anyone can learn under her guidance. I feel so lucky and privileged to have her as my ‘guru’ while I attempt my first Mithila painting.

The base drawing is a simple line drawing but it is intricate and tedious. After three days of dedicated work…this is where I am at the moment… a little different (from the original) but not bad for a first timer.

It seems simple in terms of drawing but most first timers in this art form, may lose perspective…I did it while trying to adjust the four ‘cows’ (check out the bottom right corner of the original)! I ended up with space just enough for one!

I shall post the picture when it’s done…until then enjoy the original by Smt. Shanti Devi.

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pencil sketching

Pencil Sketching

I have been MIA for the longest time ever. How long has it been now? Really long…Long enough for the inertia to set in. I may call it a writer’s block, blogger’s block or prioritizing ‘other’ things in life or simply put – I have tried to juggle too many things at the same time. Some things sailed smoothly, others did not…blogging was one of the latter.

It’s not that I haven’t tried writing…I did, a million times but all in my head…never got down to actually sitting down to write. I have been on a complete roller-coaster ride with so many things happening at the same time that the biggest sufferer was the ‘me time’ a.k.a DIYingcookingdecoratingpaintingmake-overs, breaking things and patching them again! In short, doing just about everything that I love (which is not ‘work’ related) and blogging about it.

So what set the inertia rolling? My daughter’s art file… this term she started with pencil sketching as part of her Fine Arts course in Grade 9. Pencil Sketching @ Hooked on Homes! (1)

It’s one of her subjects this year. Last weekend she got her art file home to show me her progress. When I saw her attempt at this sketch, I couldn’t think of anything but to share it with the world! She got a B+ for it, she has a long way to go but for the moment, I am happy with her progress.

Her hand is getting steadier and she is getting comfortable with free-hand drawing. I guess I have to thank her art teacher for motivating her!

I feel so proud with the way she is going, not only with her art work but also with all the craftiness for decorating her room. I guess she will soon take over this blog as well! Looking forward for that day…It’s great to have a arty-crafty-diy partner… two is always a company! I am glad she got me rolling!

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